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IIT Bombay plans to offer MD-PhD programme

Posted on: August 17, 2011

By Indian Express
Now, a premier engineering institute like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, is considering the feasibility of offering a MD-PhD programme jointly with an organisation which will be part of the healthcare consortium being initiated by the institute. The primary objective of the consortium is to have joint educational and training programmes and research projects which are mutually beneficial.

Letters of intent to be part of the consortium have been recently sent to organisations including Tata Memorial Hospital, KEM Hospital, National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH), Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer and Strand Life Sciences and Span Diagnostics. Not just this, students of IIT Bombay, who are keen on doing bio-medical research, will soon be able to intern at these organisations.

“Several aspects have been considered. We are exploring the feasibility of a joint MD-PhD programme with one of our partners. It could be on the lines of our dual degree programmes (Btech-MTech or Mtech-PhD) which help save time and assures seamless transition. Since we are a technology institute, starting a medical course is not an easy task. It involves lot of groundwork and permissions from regulatory bodies like Medical Council of India. The primary aim is to look at ways to integrate lifesciences into our engineering programmes,” said the office of the dean of Research and Development (R&D), IIT Bombay.

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